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Ontario Universities Are Already Starting To Move Classes Online This Fall

Students won’t be back in their classrooms for a while.

It seems that campus life as we know it may not resume for quite some time. A handful of Ontario universities' fall semesters are already migrating online, after students across the province were sent home for the remainder of this year. Now, schools are starting to plan their online schedules for next year as Ontario adjusts to its new norm.

If you were hoping to attend your lectures in person this fall, you might want to think again. 

On May 15, the University of Windsor was one of the universities that announced it would be moving most of its courses online for fall 2020. They announced that this even included final exams. 

The move is being made to eliminate any health risks students may face if in-person classes were to resume.

“A decision has therefore been made to deliver UWindsor courses, including their final exams, primarily online in Fall 2020,” read a statement from President Robert Gordon.

The University of Ottawa made a similar announcement stating that it will allow both Canadian and international students to study virtually during its upcoming semester.

“This week, we announced that all fall courses, with some exceptions, will include a distance-learning option to enable students to continue their studies during the pandemic. Both Canadian and international students will be able to learn from home without having to be physically present on campus,” read a statement from President Jacques Frémont.

However, Ottawa did mention that it is hoping to offer some on-campus classes during their fall term. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Ryerson Univesity also confirmed on Thursday that it would be joining the group of schools that are switching to virtual learning this fall. 

However, the will continue to look at a way to potentially mix both online and in-person classes. 

Other Ontario universities that are cautiously moving fall classes online include Laurier, Queens, and Carleton.

Laurier states that most classes will be offered online this fall term. The university also warns that residence may be affected as school starts up in September.  

They state that there is a possibility that "physical-distancing requirements [will] reduce our residence capacity for fall 2020."

However, more information on student living will become available by mid-June.